Unicef's latest report, 'A Future Stolen: Young and Out-of-School', has a clear message: more must be done.

There is plenty of data to back this up. 300 million children around the world are out of school, the vast majority living in the world's poorest regions. In fact, approximately one quarter of the world's poorest children are not enrolled in primary education. Look at secondary education, and this figure jumps to almost half. As Unicef puts it, 'poverty is a prescription for poor educational attainment'.

Why does this matter?

We know that education transforms lives. Since 2008, we have seen 144 communities transformed by UWS schools. Sadly, there are still millions of children around the world who are not learning the skills they need to escape poverty, and this is a mistake:

'If educated workers can participate in an economy with steady macro-economic growth, they have a better chance of employment, increasing overall productivity and raising living standards. This in turn will lead to improved public financing for countries’ social sectors, resulting in more money being devoted to sustainable and equitable growth for all.'

What can we do?

There is hope. The Sustainable Development Goals set the target of getting every child and young person into education by 2030. The report's stance on this is clear: we need to invest more in education if we are to reach this target. But reach it we can, and UWS remains dedicated to doing just that.

You can read the full report on Unicef's website.


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